Valentina Serova, Soviet actress
Valentina Serova was a great actress, Marilyn Monroe of the Soviet cinema, the muse of the famous poet Konstantin Simonov.
Valentina Polovikova (her maiden name) was born on December 23, 1917 (according to other sources in 1919) in Kharkov. When she was 6 years old, she and her mother moved to Moscow. 10-year-old Valentina debuted in the play The Time Will Come based on the drama by Romain Rolland. She played the role of a young boy named David, the son of the main character.
Valentina studied acting at the Central College of Performing Arts (1933-1934). Teenagers who were under 16 couldn’t enter the college, so the girl corrected her birth year and December 23, 1919 became her official date of birth.
Valentina began her career at the Lenkom Theatre, where she worked from 1933 to 1941, 1943-1950, 1959-1964.
Her debut role in the movie was the role of Grunya Kornakova in her childhood (film Grunya Kornakova, 1934). However, the episode was not included in the film.
On May 11, 1938 Valentina married her first husband, Anatoly Serov, a Soviet Air Force general, a famous test and fighter pilot. In a year, on May 11, 1939 Anatoly died in a new plane crash test. In September their son was born.
In the same year, her film Devushka s harakterom (The Girl With Character) had a huge success and Valentina became one of the brightest film stars of the Soviet Union.
In 1940 the actress met Konstantin Simonov, a famous Soviet author, whom she married in 1943. Simonov’s poem Wait For Me, one of the most famous Russian war poems, is dedicated to her. She subsequently inspired a series of love poems, collected as With You And Without You (С тобой и без тебя). In 1950 their daughter Maria was born.
Kostantin, who didn’t get along with Valentina’s son, insisted on sending the boy to the orphanage to the Urals. The boy, who was named after his father Anatoly, was in prison and returned to Moscow severe alcoholic, and then died.
Konstantin and Valentina’s relationship was a troubled one; her 1942-1946 affair with Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky was widely known.
Simonov left her in 1957. As a result Serova became an alcoholic.
Her career declined after the 1940s.
Valentin Serova was found dead in her Moscow apartment on December 12, 1975.
TV series Star Of The Era is about Valentina’s life, where Marina Aleksandrova played the role of Serova (in the series Sedova).
1935 – Strict boy
1939 – The Girl with the character
1941 – Four Hearts
1941 – Spring Stream
1943 – Wait for me
1946 – Glinka
1956 – The Immortal Garrison
1967 – Arena
1973 – Vanyushin’s Children